Generosity begets generosity

February 25, 2021

(CFANS) If you ask Professor Jerry Cohen, Ph.D.,—a distinguished professor in the Department of Horticultural Science and CFANS donor—why he gives, he'll simply tell you that he was hired into a tradition of generosity. 

2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Dr. Lurline Marsh

February 22, 2021

The 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Dr. Lurline Marsh. Dr. Marsh will be presenting at our first-ever virtual Kermit Olson Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

Professor Gardner to Transition to Emeritus Professor

February 12, 2021

After 31 years in the Department, Professor Gary Gardner has transitioned to emeritus professor status. Take a look at Dr. Gardner's impressive career in the plant world. 

Introducing Triumph™

February 10, 2021

The next UMN apple has been named! The apple formerly known as MN 1980, a cross of ‘Honeycrisp’ and ‘Liberty’, has been named Triumph™.

In Memory of Harold Wilkins

February 9, 2021

Dr. Harold F. Wilkins, Emeritus Professor, passed away this month at the age of 87. Dr. Wilkins was a long-time professor of floriculture (extension, research, teaching) in this department from 1966 to 1989.

Navigating Internships in these Unprecedented Times

January 19, 2021

It’s no secret that a global pandemic has changed the college campus, particularly for students pursuing careers in public engagement. How can you dive headfirst into public garden management while social distancing? The answer involves creative thinking and a digital touch. CFANS junior Nick Witthoeft discovered this himself during the heat of a COVID summer.

UMN professor, pioneer of grasses research set to retire

December 8, 2020

(MN Daily) Following a 26-year career at the University of Minnesota, University professor and horticulturalist Mary Meyer is retiring at the end of December with plans to continue curating grasses at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Science student, social justice steward

December 8, 2020

(CFANS) Bryant Jones believes in the power of community — and the power of plants. This enterprising plant science senior in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) has done volumes of impressive work in horticultural science — and has supported and uplifted his community through personal social justice initiatives — all as an undergraduate.

Bringing the world of plants online

December 8, 2020

(CFANS) Online classes. That phrase brings up an array of reactions from professors and students. Along with the rest of the world, CFANS had to face the challenges of online learning abruptly this past spring, and they continue to teach in an online format as a result of the pandemic. The Department of Horticultural Science saw this challenge as a chance to get creative.

Grape Expectations!

September 10, 2020

(CFANS) From the vine to the glass — delicious wines from UMN Itasca grapes debut this season. Minnesota wine lovers, raise your glasses! This season, wines made from the University of Minnesota’s (UMN) newest cold-hardy wine grape, ‘Itasca,’ are available for the first time for consumers, with more options coming next year.